Once again this year we were privileged to have been asked to give a concert for the Calne Music and Arts Festival. Last Wednesday (9th October) a group of girls gave a lunchtime recital at Marden House to a very appreciative audience.

Our talented performers were drawn from across the year groups, many of whom were prize-winners in the Cecilia James Music Festival that was held the week before. The programme ranged from Baroque music up to the more contemporary genre of Musical Theatre, giving a good insight into the variety of music that is enjoyed at St Mary’s. Bo’s unaccompanied cello piece by Bach wowed the audience and Elan was commanding as she sung Angels Ever Bright and Fair by Handel. Kirsten gave us a preview of what’s to come in the Autumn Concert with the first movement of the Haydn Trumpet Concerto. The Classical repertoire was explored further with part of a Mozart concerto from Vivian on flute and by Jane playing the exciting rondo from Beethoven’s Sonata in E. The audience was also treated to the beautiful tones of Kimberly’s oboe as she performed Romance by Schumann. Elyse displayed the attractive tenor sounds of the French horn with Bozza’s En Irlande and Sienna’s lovely Andante by Koussevitzky delved into the deep velvety resonance of the double bass. Taking us to a more contemporary world, Hannah gave a heartfelt performance of Bridge Over Troubled Water and Lucy became the witch in her dramatic interpretation of Last Midnight from Into the Woods. Thanks go to Mr Totney and Mrs Allard for accompanying the girls.